There’s been an interesting sequence of events revolving around that old ‘70’s hit, The Wedding Song by Noel Paul Stookey.

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Several weeks ago I was channel-surfing and came across a PBS fund-raiser in which Peter, Paul and Mary were performing. I watched for a little while, and Paul sang this song. It brought back a lot of memories, including memories of having performed it myself (with my own bride) at a few weddings. I had nearly forgotten the song. Then, a couple weeks later, E and I were singing together, with my guitar, at a campfire. I remembered hearing The Wedding Song, and attempted to sing and play it. We did OK. We remembered most of it. Certainly well enough for ourselves as the only audience. The next week, my brother-in-law, Ed, posted something on Facebook about the song and our performance of it at their wedding. Coincidence? Then, having seen that post, my daughter responded by asking us to send to her a video of us singing it. Well, singing it by a campfire, with no one else there, is a whole lot different than recording a video of it and sending it into the cyber world. So, I’ve had to look up the lyrics, and E and I have had to do a bit of practicing. We’re still not ready, but I will give you this: we may or may not be soon posting requested video.

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The Wedding Song (lyrics)


He is now to be among you, at the calling of your heart.

Rest assured this troubadour is acting on His part.


The union of your spirits here has caused Him to remain.

For whenever two or more of you are gathered in His name,

There is love, there is love.


Well a man shall leave his mother, and a woman leave her home.

They shall travel on to where the two shall be as one.


As it was in the beginning, is now and ‘til the end

Woman draws her life from man and gives it back again,

And there is love, there is love.


Well then what’s to be the reason for becoming man and wife?

Is it love that brings you here, or love that brings you life?


For if loving is the answer, then who’s the giving for?

Do you believe in something that you’ve never seen before?

Oh there is love, there is love.


Oh, the marriage of your spirits here has caused Him to remain.

For whenever two or more of you are gathered in His name,

There is love, there is love.


I decided to find out more about the song, so I looked it up on Wikipedia. According to that unfailing source, Stookey wrote the song at the request of Peter, for Peter’s wedding, at which Stookey was the best man. Stookey says that the song (lyrics and tune) came to him as a direct result of prayer. In 1971, Stookey set up a public domain foundation for the song, and since then, all royalties for the song have been used for charitable donations. Wow!


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